HIV Testing Services Intern

Posting Number: #245-21

Position Title: HIV Testing Services Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington DC/ Currently Virtual

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INTERN TITLE: HIV Testing Services Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Behavioral and Structural Interventions Branch, Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: This position is based in Washington DC, however, due to the pandemic, the work mode is currently virtual. Please note that PHI is authorized to do business in many, but not all, states. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where PHI is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. Please speak with your recruiter to learn more about where PHI is registered.

SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)**

This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as non-exempt.

ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 months (full time)

*Estimated start date: November, 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.


USAID remains at the forefront of the US Government response in providing health assistance to over 100 countries worldwide. The Agency is a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease. The Prevention, Care and Treatment Division (GH/OHA/PCT) provides medical, technical and programmatic expertise to support PEPFAR priorities and improve health outcomes. The Division delivers clinical and program expertise for quality HIV programming; designs and manages HIV service delivery activities; analyzes key programmatic data for effective service implementation; advances the medical and scientific knowledge base; and creates and sustains strategic partnerships.


The HIV Testing Services Intern will be placed in the Behavioral and Structural Interventions Branch, Prevention, Care, and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS within the Bureau for Global Health. The branch applies technical expertise and social science research findings to support the design and implementation of strategies to reduce risk and vulnerability and to maximize uptake of, retention in and adherence to key HIV interventions. The intern will support USAID’s further development and implementation of HIV testing services, primarily in providing research assistance. He/she may also carry out other Global Health Bureau-wide duties and collaborative research with other analysts in the Bureau.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Senior HIV Testing Services (HTS) Advisor and OHA HTS Team and receive technical guidance from the Senior HTS Advisor, who will serve as his/her onsite manager.


By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

  • Assist in the development and rollout of various PEPAR-supported interagency projects and processes focused on HIV testing services and critical issues along the cascade of HIV treatment including linkage to HIV treatment from diagnosis and ‘Test & Start’ programming.
  • Preparation of literature reviews and other analytical work as requested.
  • Participation in dialogues with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other multilateral partners involved in HIV testing and counseling work.
  • Attendance at program-related events within and outside USAID as requested.
  • Assist on in-country technical assistance visits as needed.

Essential Duties:

  • Analyze and present HTS data for USAID and PEPFAR programming to inform technical decision making and prioritization.
  • Perform literature reviews to compile and communicate best practices and fill key knowledge gaps for USAID and PEPFAR programming and policy.
  • Compile and adapt tools (for instance related to HIV self testing, index testing, HTS in the context of COVID, etc.) for the field.
  • Support the work and assessment of PEPFAR HIV Testing Service implementation; translate knowledge for programs that are implementing evidence-based HTS best practices.
  • Participate in providing country support, with countries to be assigned based on experience and interest.
  • Support USAID Office of HIV/AIDS HTS priority activities including; assisting in convening implementing partner meetings, engagement in interagency technical work, support of online platforms development and technical assistance as needed.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*approximately 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

  • Increase knowledge and skills in testing services that supports HIV/AIDS program implantation.
  • Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
  • Deepen understanding of USAID global health programming, policies and organizational culture.


  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Experience with HIV or global health programs.
  • Ability to analyze data from different sources/databases utilizing multiple data analytic platforms (e.g. Tableau, Excel, GoogleForms).
  • Experience with data visualization and an ability to present data visuals.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


  • The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.  The application will remain open until filled.

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This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


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